Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back to the Front Porch for an early July visit where we're relaxing after our many splendid Independence Day celebrations (with fireworks galore!) and gearing up for a month full of literary events, music, fairs, festivals and fun. Speaking of literary events and fun, what a time we had last week at the Literacy Volunteers of Washington County's friend and fun(d)-raising event with author Deborah Goodrich Royce, author of "Finding Mrs. Ford," and Torey Malatia, president and CEO of The Public's Radio who were on the altar, "in conversation" before a packed and enthusiastic audience at the Watch Hill Chapel for the annual Joyce S. Ahern Summer Speaker Series presentation. What a perfect way to kick off the summer season, seeing so many interesting and uplifting people gathered to support an organization that does so much good for so many people — like offering free literacy programs and helping people prepare for citizenship exams — and whose board is composed of wonderfully dedicated people. What fun to catch up with Tess Porter, Karen and Wesley Royce (holding her new baby son, Nathaniel,) Daniel Hostettler, Ellen Lynch, Alyssa, Karen and Jeff Christian, Janell Hayes-Bruno and her mom, Susan Hayes, Jennifer Richins Mellen, Rob and Harriet Richins and their three terrific kids, Bailey, Ross and Maggie; Wendell and Leslie Ahern Brown, Tom and Sharon Ahern, Sharon Riordan, Margaret Johnson, Betty Merner and Marsha and Phil Aaronson, Elizabeth Carson Manley, Stacey Jackson and Alex Nunes, Brooke Constance White and the literacy group's exec director, the multi-talented Mary Carol Kendzia.

Speaking of the Kendzias, what fun to celebrate the 30th birthday of musician Glenn Kendzia, (son of Mary Carol and her musician husband Tom,) at the Knick's Tap Room over the weekend along with lots of fellow musicians, like Cam Raubeson, the Fazio Brothers (Pat and Paul of Ten Sandwiches fame,) family and good friends, like Jamie ThorntonElaine and Doc Laurenzo, Bronte Stahl, Glenn's sister and brother-in-law, Chris and Carolyn Tom with their new baby, Miles, and his cousin, Jessica Hartley Daniel, among others. Glenn, who spent much of the winter in Nashville, is back in town for the summer, and will be playing all around the region so check out the entertainment schedules in the Guide section of the Sun on Thursdays! Speaking of music, Tunes on the Dunes begins tonight on the beach in Misquamicut with Green Tea, and on Wednesday with Bobby Christina and Friends. 

Speaking of birthdays, happy birthday to one of our favorite Front Porch friends, the one and only Larry Hirsch. 

If you're a Lilly Pulitzer fan, you might want to snap up a ticket to "The Love of Lilly" luncheon and fashion show on July 19 at Ocean House to see the season's latest colorful outfits modeled by fashion icon and influencer Avril Graham, Weekapaug resident Caroline Maynard and others. 

Regular attendees at the monthly monthly poetry salon at Savoy Bookshop and Café were treated to a visit from well-known poet and Rumi translator Coleman Barks last week. Barks is a longtime friend of Lisa Starr, the former RI Poet Laureate who organizes the salons.

In the oops department, apologies to the Augeri family for re-naming Sal Augeri Jr.'s wife (her name is Precille) while announcing the grand arrival of baby Brooke Marie Augeri, Sal Sr. and Elaine's first granddaughter. Apologies Precille!

For now dear friends, stay tuned, stay connected and ciao bella!

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